Everyone’s talking about the new original series on Netflix, Thirteen Reasons Why. If you are still on the fence about watching it, I’ve got 13 reasons why you absolutely should! No worries, these are all spoiler free!
1. Dylan Minnette is Oscar Worthy
Watch Dylan’s performance of Clay Jensen and you’ll agree he will be holding one soon. From beginning to end, Dylan takes his time and really shows an authentic teenage boy. I bet the next year for him as an actor is going to be epic
2. A (Person Playing) A Dead Girl Wouldn’t Lie
Katherine Langford, actress who plays Hannah Baker, is amazing as well. If I had to describe her performance in one word, it would be ‘truth’. Something about the way she plays Hannah, I completely forget that she’s acting.
3. Not Your Typical High School Musical Teenagers
Yeah, I know, it’s Disney. But let’s be serious though. In so many feel good high school movies, there is not one F bomb dropped. Not one! I could have filled an entire swear jar in high school. The dialogue in Thirteen Reasons Why is real, no overused or outdated slang, just real and raw interactions. Though cliques are a usual theme, I feel like I actually saw some groups interacting, just like they do in real life, ya know?
4. Your Eyeballs Need a Good Rinse, Right?
Grab tissues. No, seriously. Do not try to tough this one out. Either get a box or grab an entire roll from the bathroom. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. We all need a good cry every now and then. And this show has plenty of moments that will offer just that.
5. The Supporting Cast is Bomb AF
Think you’re looking at a sweet cheerleader? A trustworthy honor student? Wrong! Each character seems like it’s a minor walk on but their secrets will blow you away. Where did they find these people?
6. It’s Not Predictable At All
How annoying is it that every show you watch, you can tell exactly what’s coming? Don’t get me wrong, this show does have plenty of ominous and foreshadowing moments. At the end of it however, you will have no idea what hit you.
7. You Didn’t Like Having Nails Anyway
If you’re looking for a show that’s a real nail biter, one that keeps you guessing and at the edge of your seat, you’ve found it. This show is not your typical feel good sitcom at all.
8. The Adults Are Realistic And Exist
Whether you are an adult now, or grew up in a super strict household, you were most likely very annoyed with the impossible freedoms of teenagers on TV. Seriously? How are they getting to all of these places? Don’t they have to ask their parents for a ride? The cool thing is that you see kids with different kinds of parents, from very attentive to the very lenient. I could really appreciate that.
9. Selena Gomez Has What To Do With It??
Apparently, Selena Gomez is an executive producer on the show. Wow, how random is that? She actually read the book years ago, and liked it so much that she bought the rights to it. “I want them to understand it,” Selena says “I would do anything to be able to have a good influence on this generation, but I definitely relate to everything that was going on. I was there for the last episode, and I was a mess just seeing it all come to life, because I’ve experienced that.”
10. You Mean The Series Is Actually Like the Book??
If you read the book, you will be quite pleased. This series isn’t just based on the book. It’s very close to the book and even offers up a few more details. In my opinion, the book is best heard on audio book, so you can really feel like you are listening to Hannah’s tapes. But the series is the next best thing. If you haven’t read the book, you really, really should. Intrepid book readers can find it behind this eager Amazon link here.
11. The Author Gives It A Thumbs Up
Jay Asher, Author of the book, Thirteen Reasons Why, enjoyed how the producers handled the onscreen version of his book. “I completely felt that they understood the story in the way that I intended it to be understood…” Jay says. It’s always a good sign when the author is happy with the final product!
12. Because It’s a Quick Netflix Binge
There’s 13 episodes, one for each tape that Hannah left. Each episode is from 45 minutes to an hour. The run of the show isn’t slow at all. Before you know it, it will be over and you will be screaming at your T.V. or laptop.
And the overall message isn’t even presented in a cheesy, after school special way. Little things matter, and little things become big things. And maybe, I don’t know, we should actually be nice to people. It’s less like your mom preaching to you over and over again and a real in-your-face presentation of consequences.
Alright, so what do you guys think? Are you planning on giving it a watch? Have you already watched it and desperately need someone to talk to about it? Sound off in the comments below.